A good break: New Galva dentist turns mishap into career path

Doug Boock
Scott Bialobreski, a new Galva dentist, poses for a photo in Dr. Wayne Skaloud’s office on July 26. The Kewanee native joined Dr. Skaloud’s practice in late June.

Were it not for a backyard sports mishap, who knows where Scott Bialobreski might be today?

Bialobreski, a Kewanee native, has joined the office of Dr. Wayne Skaloud. Since June 28, he’s been taking care of area residents’ teeth from the 217 Market St. location.

His path here began over 10 years ago, thanks to an unlikely kick-start.

“I became interested in dentistry when I was a freshman in high school and got my front two teeth knocked out playing football on Thanksgiving Day,” explained Bialobreski, 27. “I started to shadow area dentists and realized how great the profession was.”

That pursuit mirrors other areas in his life: He’s excelled in many ways. He was valedictorian of the Wethersfield High School Class of 2001, where he was also an outstanding athlete. He was an all-state baseball player and won honorable mention all-state honors in basketball.

He then took his baseball talents to Illinois University, where he earned three varsity letters playing for the Redbirds. After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2005, Bialobreski attended the Marquette University School of Dentistry, from which he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree this past year.

The next steps led him here.

“I have been welcomed to this office with arms wide open and the transition from school to private practice has been very good so far," he said. "I am thrilled to come to an area where there is so much work to be done and great people in the area communities to help. It is nice to come back close to home and give something back to an area that molded me as the person I have become.”